Patrick Joseph Dollan 1885 – 1963

Patrick Joseph Dollan (1885–1963) and his wife, Agnes, Lady Dollan (née Moir; 1887–1966) were Glasgow activists in the Scottish Independent Labour Party. During the First World War they campaigned against the Munitions of War Act of 1915 which suspended trade unionists’ rights for the duration of hostilities. He served as Lord Provost of Glasgow from 1938-41. He was later knighted.

Patrick Dollan was a patient of homeopath Ephraim Connor (please see With grateful thanks to Kate McIntosh, friend and student of Ephraim Connor, for writing his obituary in February 2012). Patrick Dollan persuaded Ephraim Connor to take a degree in medicine at the University of Glasgow. Ephraim Connor gained entrance and went in 1940 into the same year as his son Dr James Connor, also a homoeopath. Ephraim Connor completed 3 years of the course, but his home was bombed in the Clydebank blitz and due to financial constraint he was unable to complete his degree.

From ‘… Born in Baillieston and raised Catholic, Dollan attended St Bridget’s elementary school until he was ten years old. He later joined his father working as a minor at the Clydeside Colliery.

Patrick and Agnes Dollan were vocal in raising awareness of the plight of thousands of Glasgow tenants who were having their rents raised at a time when military conscription had reduced their earning potential. Government concern at the volatile situation in the city led to the Rent Restrictions Act of November 1915, freezing rents at pre-war levels.

In the 1920s he was the author of a booklet, The Clyde Rent War!, a narrative of the Glasgow rent strikes of 1915-16, which also contained proposals for housing policy reform. In 1939 he won the inaugural St Mungo Prize, which is awarded triannually to the person deemed to have done the most to promote and improve the city of Glasgow in the previous three years. At the beginning of World War II, Dollan encouraged his fellow Glaswegians to support the war effort against fascism, for which efforts he was later knighted.

8 thoughts on “Patrick Joseph Dollan 1885 – 1963”

  1. You say that Sir Patrick Dollan was a homeopathic patient .I am doing reseach on him.Can you please provide some source /evidence for this.
    Thank you.

  2. I am PJ’s great, great niece
    I am from the east end of Glasgow but now live in London.
    I can still remember my gran telling me about PJ when I was a wee girl.
    As you might imagine, and being Scottish, gran was so proud of him and almost, one hundred years later, so am I.


  3. Fiona dear,
    [my apologies for going off topic]
    I am a great great nephew of Sir Paddy. His sister (my great grandmother)
    Would love to fill out the family tree!
    contact: R.C.Frank [above email]
    or: 6300 Sunset Terrace, Springfield VA 22153

  4. Hi to both Fiona and Roi,

    I spent many hours tracing my family tree a few years ago, but kept reaching dead-ends, as it is very hard to access Scottish records, and also hard to trace overseas. Back then there was not as much available on the internet either. I have recently began my search again and found this straight away!! I am Sir Patrick’s great grand-daughter, and desperate to trace any relatives!! Please get in touch, I can give you plenty of information, and connect you to his two grandchildren that are still alive.

  5. Hi all
    I am Sir Patrick’s great niece and have had some contact on genes reunited from his granddaughter, who was the daughter of an illegitimate son, who finally ended up in Rhodesia (I think) with his mother and also became a politician/ local dignitary. I have photos of this son (who is very like him!) and also of PJD with a very young Kennedy. Apparently an offer of marriage was made, but was refused due to religious differences. He was under 20 at the time.

  6. Hello All
    As far as I’m aware I am the nearest relative (Niece) of Sir Patrick Dollan.
    I may be able to help with some of our family history.

  7. Were you all aware that there was a street in Baillieston named after Patrick Dollan. The spelling is slightly different as it spelt “Dolan Street”. Actually many of Patrick’s booklets spelt his name with the one “L”. There was another Cllr. James Dollan in the 1920’s who someone believed was named after him, I do not believe this is the case, and I have two reasons why I believe it was for P.J. Dollan.
    1. My aunt now 96 has lived in Dolan St from when the houses were newly built and she said it was named after Paddy Dollan.
    2. It is adjacent to the School Sir Patrick went to St Bridget’s RC

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